Increasing the Participation of Women with Disabilities in Academic STEM Careers

Brianna Blaser, DO-IT Staff

AccessADVANCE, a new project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF, Award # HRD-2017017 and HRD-2017054) held its inaugural capacity building institute (CBI) on May 25 and 27. At the event, AccessADVANCE staff and participants shared challenges and solutions regarding the recruitment and participation of women with disabilities in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities and academic STEM careers, presented on accessibility practices within academic departments, and ways that we can all work together to increase the participation and advancement of women with disabilities in academic STEM careers.

Proceedings from the event will be shared at AccessADVANCE is also creating and sharing other resources on these topics and hosting a Community of Practice, where participants can share ideas about inclusion and accessibility for women with disabilities in academia, assist in the creation and dissemination of resources, and recruit important stakeholders to the community. To join, email